From 1970 to 1976, Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” averaged 98 wins per season and won four pennants and two World Series titles (1975 and 1976). The 1976 team featured the “Great Eight” starting position players of Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, George Foster, Ken Griffey and Cesar Geronimo. Some consider that lineup to be the best lineup ever. When the “Great Eight” started together, the team had a .784 winning percentage.

From 1970 to 1976, Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” averaged 98 wins per season and won four pennants and two World Series titles (1975 and 1976). The 1976 team featured the “Great Eight” starting position players of Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, George Foster, Ken Griffey and Cesar Geronimo. Some consider that lineup to be the best lineup ever. When the “Great Eight” started together, the team had a .784 winning percentage.

On this day in 1990, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. become the first father and son to play in the same major league lineup. The 40-year old left fielder and his 20-year old offspring both score a run in Mariners’ 5-2 victory over the Royals at the Kingdome. Junior would go onto score 1,661 more runs over his 22-year career, to go along with his 630 career home runs and 1,836 RBIs. (VJ Lovero/SI)
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On this day in 1990, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. become the first father and son to play in the same major league lineup. The 40-year old left fielder and his 20-year old offspring both score a run in Mariners’ 5-2 victory over the Royals at the Kingdome. Junior would go onto score 1,661 more runs over his 22-year career, to go along with his 630 career home runs and 1,836 RBIs. (VJ Lovero/SI)

GALLERY: Ken Griffey Jr. Through the Years | Griffey Covers

Reds manager Sparky Anderson celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Red Sox to win the 1975 World Series. If the Reds are to reach another World Series, they’ll need Jay Bruce to continue swinging a hot bat. As SI’s Joe Lemire writes, Bruce is strictly adhering to a daily routine for the first time in his career and thinks it will help him stay consistent throughout the season. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
LEMIRE: Streaky Bruce trying to find consistency for RedsSI VAULT: Reds win memorable World Series (11.3.75)

Reds manager Sparky Anderson celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Red Sox to win the 1975 World Series. If the Reds are to reach another World Series, they’ll need Jay Bruce to continue swinging a hot bat. As SI’s Joe Lemire writes, Bruce is strictly adhering to a daily routine for the first time in his career and thinks it will help him stay consistent throughout the season. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

LEMIRE: Streaky Bruce trying to find consistency for Reds
SI VAULT: Reds win memorable World Series (11.3.75)

On this day in 1975, Red Sox catcher Carton Fisk hit one of the most dramatic home runs in baseball history. In the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 6 of the World Series, Fisk hit a long drive that appeared to be heading to foul territory. As he ran to first base, the catcher jumped and waved at the ball to remain fair. The ball obliged, hitting the foul pole and giving the Red Sox a memorable win. Unfortunately for Boston fans, the Reds went onto win the Series, four games to three. (AP)
VERDUCCI: LaRussa, Pujols stumble as Rangers beat CardinalsREITER: Rangers rediscover their identity just in timeVIDEO: Game Highlights | Both managers under microscope

On this day in 1975, Red Sox catcher Carton Fisk hit one of the most dramatic home runs in baseball history. In the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 6 of the World Series, Fisk hit a long drive that appeared to be heading to foul territory. As he ran to first base, the catcher jumped and waved at the ball to remain fair. The ball obliged, hitting the foul pole and giving the Red Sox a memorable win. Unfortunately for Boston fans, the Reds went onto win the Series, four games to three. (AP)

VERDUCCI: LaRussa, Pujols stumble as Rangers beat Cardinals
REITER: Rangers rediscover their identity just in time
VIDEO: Game Highlights | Both managers under microscope